Shiatsu is a form of bodywork based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor and consists largely of compressions, rocking and stretching. Some clients have described it as "massage combined with passive yoga". Shiatsu works with meridians and accupressure points to rebalance and revitalize the whole body, not only addressing muscle tension, but working at the emothional and energetic levels as well. At Healing Essence Massage we take the unusual approach of placing client needs before tradition and may add in some Deep Tissue or Sports Massage techniques if we feel it will help our client.